Dave Winfield

David Mark Winfield
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2001
Primary team: New York Yankees
Primary position: Right Fielder

Dave Winfield was the first athlete in history to be drafted by four different leagues, but in the end he chose Major League Baseball over the NFL, the ABA and the NBA – and found a home in the National Pastime.

The outfielder didn’t spend a single day in the minor leagues following a stellar career at the University of Minnesota. He began his career with the Padres just days after becoming the fourth overall pick in the 1973 MLB Draft.

Winfield found success even when his team did not. In 1979, he had a National League-best 118 RBI in a season when the Padres only scored 603 times. Winfield finished third in the NL Most Valuable Player voting that season when he also won the first of seven Gold Glove Awards in right field.

From San Diego, he moved onto New York in 1981 as a free agent, signing a 10-year deal worth $23 million – the richest contract in professional sports history. He helped the Yankees win the American League pennant in 1981 and recorded six 100-RBI seasons in seven years from 1982-88.

After missing the 1989 campaign due to a back injury, Winfield returned in 1990 and was traded to the Angels early in the season. Following the 1991 season, Winfield became a free agent and joined the Toronto Blue Jays.

At the age of 40, Winfield drove in 108 runs as Toronto's regular designated hitter, earning a fifth-place finish in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. In Game 6 of the World Series against the Braves. Winfield's 11th-inning double plated two runs and was the difference in the 4-3 victory that gave the Blue Jays their first World Series title.

Following his one year with the Jays, he went back to his hometown and played for the Twins in 1993 and 1994. He collected his 3,000th career hit with Minnesota in 1993 before finishing his career with the Indians in 1995

Winfield was a 12-time All-Star selection who amassed 3,110 hits, 465 home runs and 1.833 RBI.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

"Baseball is simple and complex, but it's never easy. If you don't have your head on right, you're not going to succeed. "
Dave Winfield

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 2001
Primary Team: New York Yankees
Position Played: Right Fielder
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: St. Paul, Minnesota
Birth year: 1951
Played for:
San Diego Padres (1973-1980)
New York Yankees (1981-1988)
New York Yankees (1990)
LA/California Angels (1990-1991)
Toronto Blue Jays (1992)
Minnesota Twins (1993-1994)
Cleveland Indians (1995)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2973
At BatsAB
11003
RunsR
1669
HitsH
3110
Doubles2B
540
Triples3B
88
Home RunsHR
465
RBIRBI
1833
Stolen BasesSB
223
WalksBB
1216
Batting AverageBA
.283
OPSOPS
.827
On Base %OBP
.353
Slugging %SLG
.475